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Juja - Nino Haratischvili

Juja

By: Nino Haratischvili

Paperback | 31 October 2023

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The debut novel by international bestseller Nino Haratischvili, author of The Eighth Life, published for the first time in English.

In 1953, a teenage girl, Jeanne Sare, jumps in front of a train at the Gare du Nord station in Paris. She leaves behind writings that to some are unreadable, but to others tell universal, unspoken truths about the lives and struggles of women. When published in the 1970s, her work triggers a rash of copycat suicides. It is withdrawn from sale and eventually forgotten about.

Then, in 2004, two women from opposite corners of the globe - Amsterdam and Sydney - rediscover Jeanne Sare's book and set out to discover who the author was and what happened to her.

So many women across the ages have attached their own stories to Sare's, often with devastating results, but the truth about her may be even stranger than the fictions they have invented.


Praise for The Eighth Life-
'Something rather extraordinary happened. The world fell away and I fell, wholly, happily, into the book ... My breath caught in my throat, tears nestled in my lashes ... devastatingly brilliant.'
-Wendell Steavenson, The New York Times Book Review


Praise for The Eighth Life-
'The Eighth Life ... is a lavish banquet of family stories that can, for all their sorrows, be devoured with gluttonous delight. Nino Haratischvili's characters ... come to exuberant life. Her huge novel ... shows a double face, its crushing pain and loss nonetheless conveyed with an artful storyteller's sheer joy in her craft.'
-Boyd Tonkin, The Financial Times


Praise for The Eighth Life-
'A harrowing, heartening and utterly engrossing epic novel ... astonishing ... A subtle and compelling translation by Charlotte Collins and Ruth Martin should make this as great a literary phenomenon in English as it has been in German.'
-Maya Jaggi, The Guardian

About the Authors

Nino Haratischvili was born in Georgia in 1983, and is an award-winning novelist, playwright, and theatre director. At home in two different worlds, each with their own language, she has been writing in both German and Georgian since the age of twelve. In 2010, her debut novel Juja was nominated for the German Book Prize, as was her most recent Die Katze und der General in 2018. In its German edition, The Eighth Life was a bestseller, and won the Anna Seghers Prize, the Lessing Prize Stipend, and the Bertolt Brecht Prize 2018. It is being translated into many languages, and has already been a major bestseller on publication in Holland, Poland, and Georgia.

Ruth Martin studied English literature before gaining a PhD in German. She has been translating fiction and nonfiction books since 2010, by authors ranging from Joseph Roth and Hannah Arendt to Volker Weidermann and Shida Bazyar. She has taught translation at the University of Kent and the Bristol Translates summer school, and is a former co-chair of the Society of Authors Translators Association.

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